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Lyon is a city in eastern central France, population 430,000. The traditional English spelling, "Lyons", is falling out of usage.

Lyon was founded in 43 BC by the Roman Empire, who named it Lugdunum. It became then the capital of the Gauls.

Together with neighboring towns, Lyon forms the second largest conurbation[?] in France after Paris.

The Rhône and Saône[?] rivers meet here, in the capital of the Rhône département. The city gives its name to the Lyonnais[?] region. Two of France's best known wine-growing regions are located near Lyon: the Beaujolais to the North, and the Côtes du Rhône[?] to the South.

Lyon was the first city to be connected to Paris by the TGV c.1982.

Metro: see www.metropla.net/eu/lyo/lyon.htm (http://www.metropla.net/eu/lyo/lyon.htm)

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